Galatea 2.2 Test | Lesson Plans Mid-Book Test - Hard

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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Philip Lentz refer to Richard in their second meeting?

2. What does Richard decide in response to his discovery that Lentz deceived him?

3. What does Richard translate Diana's insight into?

4. Where does Richard draw the characters for his novels?

5. Who comes over to talk to Richard in Section II?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is C.? Describe Richard's relationship with her.

2. What does Richard feel about participating in Lentz's project?

3. Describe Richard's circumstances when he first met C.

4. What does Helen's interpretation of 'A Poison Tree' lead Richard to think?

5. What leads Helen to say that she does not "want to play anymore"?

6. How do Richard and Lentz differ in their approaches to the project?

7. What work do Richard and Lentz begin together?

8. What does Richard feel about himself and about his writing while Lentz is redesigning implementation B?

9. Who is A., and what is Richard's relationship with her?

10. What does Richard receive in the mail in the beginning of section II?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

What precedent does Helen's suicide have in the book? How has death been treated, and how is the machine's death similar to and different from other deaths we have seen?

Essay Topic 2

Write an evaluative review of "Galatea 2.2". What is this book's place in culture? What are its uses? Who is its audience? What are its limitations?

Essay Topic 3

When Richard meets Lentz, Lentz is experimenting with machines that can recognize beautiful music, and Helen ultimately requests music and poetry from Richard. Are Richard and Lentz asking the machines to do two different things, or are music and poetry treated as the same project?

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